Brunswick Secondary College

Ms  GARRETT (Brunswick) —  Last  month I was  delighted  to attend  Brunswick Secondary College  with  the  Leader and  Deputy  Leader  of the  Opposition  to announce Labor’s  $10 million funding commitment for the upgrade,  expansion and modernisation  of that fantastic local school. We got to view  the best  of what the school has to offer, including visiting the science labs and performing arts space  and being treated to a terrific rehearsal for the school’s musical, which was coming up that weekend.

The  principal of Brunswick  Secondary College, Vivienne Tellefson, said she was elated with the news, as is everyone in the  school community who has been  part of this process. Labor went to  the  last  election having made this commitment, and the plans for the school’s upgrade and modernisation  were  included  in the department’s master planning process.

Unfortunately the Baillieu and Napthine governments  have  failed  repeatedly to fund the school, which  has doubled  its enrolments over the last 15 years, with students coming from over 50 countries and from culturally  diverse backgrounds. It is a wonderful, creative and exciting school with a strong focus on  academic performance and achievement. This funding will go  a  long way to supporting the great work  the  school has already done  and  will allow it to  take  even more enrolments from our growing community.

Hansard, 5 August 2014